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Jobless claims in Germany rose by more than expected in November amid the energy crisis and weakening consumption.

Claims increased by 17,000 compared with the previous month, up from the 9,000 rise registered in October, according to data from the Federal Employment Agency released Wednesday. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast that the number of people out of work would climb by 10,000.

The adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.6% in November from 5.5% in October, above economists' forecasts of 5.5%.

Demand for labor in Germany remained strong in November, although there was a slowdown from previous months, according to the agency's data. The number of registered job vacancies stood at 823,000, up 15,000 on year, the agency said.